Citywide celebration of exam successes

August 24 2017

Thousands of Bristol students collected their A-level results on August 17 after having studied for two years in preparation.

Thousands of Bristol students collected their A-level results on August 17 after having studied for two years in preparation.

This is the first year of results for the new A-level qualifications, which means that AS levels no longer count towards the final grade and assessment is mainly by exam.

The content of the exams has also been refreshed, with greater input from universities. The grading standards and scale of A*- E remains the same.

The provisional results show a strong performance from Bristol schools with 96 per cent of students achieving at least three A-levels at grade A*- E.

Some key successes this year include St Bede’s Catholic College, which saw all its pupils achieve at least three A-level grades A*- E. 

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School saw 32 per cent of students getting the very highest grades of A*- A, which is a rise of five percentage points on last year. Nine students from the school are heading to Oxford and Cambridge universities and 45 pupils achieved three A*- A grades or better. Bristol Cathedral Choir School is also celebrating as a third of all results were A* or A grades, 65 per centA*- B, 82 per cent A*- C and 100 per cent A*-E. 

At City of Bristol College 85 per cent achieved at least three A-levels grade A*- E. 

Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive said:  "These results, combined with our recently improved Ofsted grade, reflect the general positive direction of travel for the college. 

Everyone at the college is very proud of this achievement. Each year we continue to equip students with the skills they need to successfully progress on to further study or to launch their intended career. 

"We are extremely proud of each of our students and I wish them every success for the future."

St Brendan’s College saw 97 per cent of students pass. Mr  Jaffrain said: “I am thrilled with how our teachers and students have handled the dramatic change to the more rigorous linear style.”

Councillor Claire Hiscott, Bristol's Cabinet Member for Education, added: “Collecting your A-level results can be a nerve wracking time, and the first year of changes to exams is always challenging. It’s important to celebrate the success of students today, but to those who haven’t done as well as they’d hoped I would say that there is support available. It’s helpful to keep an open mind and talk to your teachers about the different options available.”